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TRAVEL GUIDE: SWEDEN

As the third-largest country in Western Europe, the Kingdom of Sweden is a long, narrow nation that lends itself to a variety of landscapes — lakes, waterways, mountains and glaciers cover 70 percent of it. Stockholm, the country's capital, is located in the Northern region. It encompasses fourteen interlocking islands and is considered a walker's haven. This progressive metropolis also offers a vibrant and creative urban scene filled with cultural hot spots, historic attractions and more movie theaters than any other city in the world. Where the Nobel Prize committee is headquartered, you'll delight to discover Djurgarden Park, the king and queen's palatial residence, a 24,000-island archipelago and a smorgasbord of restaurants.

NEW EXHIBIT IN STOCKHOLM
The Gold of the Incas

In September 2011, the Rock Galleries on Skeppsholmen will showcase "The Gold of the Incas" with around 300 archaeological excavations from the Inca Empire. Many of the items were borrowed from some of Peru's most important museums. More details at www.smvk.se
An artifact from The Gold of the Incas exhibit in Stockholm, Sweden

The elegant Operakällaren restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden

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Dining in Sweden goes far beyond those famous meatballs. Options in Stockholm include The Royal Opera House's elegant Operakällaren.


72-HOUR VACATION
Stockholm

This jewel of Scandinavia is a joy to visit, whether in the dead of winter or during the long summer days. World-class shopping, hotels and sightseeing are highlights of this city famous for its beautiful interconnecting islands and the Nobel Prize.
Check out our guide to three days in Stockholm

Grand Hotel Stockholm

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Grand Hôtel Stockholm
This 130-year-old establishment incorporates the old with the new in a distinguished setting. The suites are designed in seven different styles, such as Jugend or Rococo, and elegant cuisine is served at the very formal and baroque Hall of Mirrors.


TOP 10 HOT EUROPEAN HOTELS
Hotel J

A fifteen-minute boat ride from the center of Stockholm takes visitors to this hotel/restaurant/conference center on the water's edge at Nacka Strand. Named for the America’s Cup J class yachts, the hotel is based on a nautical theme, as all rooms boast a balcony or patio with harbor views.
Hotel J, Stockholm, Sweden

Ice Hotel room A PLACE TO CHILL
Ice Hotel

Make like an Eskimo and stay the night in your own personal igloo. Rooms come with specially designed thermal sleeping bags on reindeer pelts, while the Absolut Icebar provides shots that will warm you right up.


TOP 10 SKI RESORTS
Hotel Diplomat Åregården
This pretty hotel opened in 1895 and is a mainstay in Åre, one of Northern Europe’s most popular ski resorts. On the slopes you’re bound to find lots of fun-loving, partying Swedes, but the hotel itself is classy and subdued, with a wonderfully quiet ambience. Among Åre’s many snowy attractions is a World Cup downhill run.
Hotel Diplomat Åregården

Rattviksdansen Folklore Festival FUN AND GAMES
Rattviksdansen Folklore Festival
Similar to Renaissance fairs held in the United States, this festival in Rattvik offers scheduled performances, competitions, games, music and even lessons on folkloric dialogue that will entertain individuals of all ages.

OPEN-AIR ADVENTURE
Skansen
Created to exhibit Swedish life through the ages, Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum, houses a replica of a typical nineteenth-century town, parks, gardens and an open-air zoo filled with indigenous animals. The museum also hosts many events and festivals including Skansen Christmas Market, held the first three weekends of December.
Skansen in Sweden, the world's oldest open-air museum

Berns Hotel, a stylish boutique hotel in Stockholm's business district TOP 10 BOUTIQUE HOTELS
Berns Hotel
This sleek, 65-room hotel offers great concierge services. Its location in the heart of Stockholm's business center makes it ideal for traveling executives. A convenient breakfast buffet gets guests started into their day well fed.

For more information, visit the official website of Sweden
or the official gateway to Sweden

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